What is the fastest way to understand how incredibly beautiful our amazing planet is? There is an easy way: Just visit the most spectacular national parks in the world.
A national park is a special natural area protected as a national park by a country’s government. The purpose is to preserve nature as a general natural attraction or to increase knowledge of nature or interest in nature. National parks can also be established to protect cultural landscapes.
So which are the world’s best national parks?
In any case, the ones we list here are fantastic!
Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California and is named after the yucca trees (Joshua trees) that grow in the Mojave Desert.
Here there are plenty of hiking trails that offer fantastic views and a rocky terrain that attracts lots of climbers.
The national park has therefore become a well-visited destination for adventure seekers of various kinds.
If you prefer looking at the stars, you won’t be disappointed either. The night sky is just as fascinating as the nature.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The endless and rolling plains of Serengeti National Park are famous for one of the most fascinating natural phenomena in the world – the annual movement of over 1.5 million animals as wildebeest, gazelle and zebra among others search for waterholes.
In fact, this is the only place in Africa where such large movements take place.
Picos de Europa National Park, Spain
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
The incredibly clear water in Jordan Pond is not because the lake is shallow, it is 46 meters at its deepest point.
Nevertheless, a visibility down to a depth of 19 meters has been measured, which is a record in the state of Maine. Jordan Pond is just one of the hundreds of lakes and ponds found in Acadia National Park in the Down East region of Maine.
Acadia is not only the state’s only national park, it is also the oldest park in the United States east of the Mississippi River.
Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Long before Glacier National Park was established in northwestern Montana in 1910, the Blackfoot people called the area the “Backbone of the World.”
The region known as Two Medicine – home to Two Medicine Lake and the mountains that surround it – is sacred ground to the tribe.
Two Medicine Lake is just one of over 700 lakes in the park.
On the shores of the lake is a National Historic Landmark: Two Medicine Store.
Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, is over 6,000 meters above sea level, making it North America’s highest mountain.
It is the national park’s main attraction and the reserve spans 24,000 square kilometers of wilderness.
In our photo below, we see one of the park’s inhabitants, the North American brown bear. The bear is better known under a more frightening name – grizzly.
Grizzly bears are omnivores, eating everything from grass and fish to flying squirrels as well as the rowanberries and blueberries that cover the hillsides. Regardless of what they eat, they must pack on nearly 200 kilos to prepare for the harsh winter in the national park.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
This park is famous for its huge sandstone columns that rise from the river valley towards the sky.
These gigantic monoliths served as inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie “Avatar”.
Among the scenic areas, Tianzi Mountain, Avatar Hallelujah Mountain (after the movie) and Jinbian Falls are not to be missed.
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
In this national park which extends over an area of 39,206 hectares, you will find elephants, wildebeests, zebras, lions, cheetahs and many other species of animals and birds.
Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and also the world’s highest free-standing mountain, is also located in this national park.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa
This park is located at the foot of the Maluti Mountains.
It gets its name from the golden shadows cast when the sun shines on the sandstone cliffs.
There are many animals here, such as white-tailed wildebeest, eland, bläsbok, oribi and springbok. Many bird species, including the rare lamb’s vulture and the endangered hermit ibis, also have the park as their home.
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica’s smallest national park with its 6.83 square kilometers.
But here there are 109 different species of mammals and 184 species of birds.
Among them can be mentioned the brown-throated three-toed sloth, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, howler monkey, saimiri oerstedii (which is part of the skull monkey genus), cebus imitator (a species of the capuchin subfamily that occurs in Central America), iguanas, toucans, parakeets and hawks. There are also dolphins and sometimes whales.
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Banff National Park, Canada
Lake District National Park, England
The most visited national park in the UK, with 16.4 million visitors a year.
It is also the largest of the 13 national parks in England and Wales.